Nova Scotia

Latest poll shows Liberals still ahead in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia's Liberal Party continues to hold a commanding lead over the province's incumbent New Democratic Party, according to the latest quarterly poll from Corporate Research Associates released Wednesday.

41 per cent of Nova Scotians still undecided

Nova Scotia's Liberal Party continues to hold a commanding lead over the province's incumbent New Democratic Party, according to the latest quarterly poll from Corporate Research Associates released Wednesday.

Among decided voters, the poll gives the Liberals 41 per cent popular support followed by the New Democrats at 31 per cent. The Progressive Conservatives are at 25 per cent.

The gap between the Liberals and the New Democrats, led by Premier Darrell Dexter, has lessened from previous polls.

Nova Scotians have been bombarded with a summer-long series of pre-election announcements and reannouncements from the NDP majority government.

The poll suggests Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil is the most popular choice for premier at 30 per cent of decided voters. Darrell Dexter and Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie are tied at 19 per cent.

The poll also shows a slight uptick in satisfaction for the New Democrats, with 42 per cent of decided voters satisfied with the government — up slightly from the 40 per cent of the last poll in May — but still below the 50 per cent satisfaction level pollsters say is critical to re-election.

The number of undecided remains high at 41 per cent.

Corporate Research Associates polled 1601 adult Nova Scotians between Aug. 8 and Aug. 31. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.4 percentage points 19 times out of 20.

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